Creature Teacher by Becky Robbins ** Blog Tour Review **

‘One little birdie sits in a tree,

One little birdie wild and free.

Singing a song heard by all,

Singing a song where the trees grow tall.'

Welcome to Cat and Mouse Reading and to my stop on the blog tour to celebrate Becky Robbins' book, Creature Teacher. It is aimed at those who are learning to count to ten and tries to deal with this in a fun and colourful way.  Each double page spread is devoted to one number, with the text on the left and a large colourful illustration on the right.

    My experience of sharing this with a four year old, was that he loved the concept and it kept his interest. In fact, he sought it out again. Don't think that the rhymes are not being noticed though, as he did point out one page he thought did not rhyme. I liked the variety of the pages and thought they were age appropriate. Although I thought the illustrations were bold and colourful, I would have preferred some of them to follow the text a little more closely, as this would give even more opportunities for talking about the pictures and underlining the concept of number. 

The text is full of repetition with commonly found words and simple rhyme patterns. It is an engaging read.

Cat and Mouse say: ideal for sharing aloud with early readers.

About the Author
Author Becky Robbins has published three books and has written several more. Her love for children and animals inspire her to write. Other than writing books, Becky's hobbies include making decorative wreaths, gift baskets, and refurbishing old furniture.

She said, "Creature Teacher is a count and rhyme book. I feel like the reader can learn how to read, rhyme, and add with the help of animals such as pigs, turtles, kitties and even spiders. Creature Teacher is unique because you can sing the words while you read. Children love music and it makes learning more enjoyable. Educating children is very important to me, these children are our future leaders."  

You can find Becky here: Twitter

Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers
First published: April 29th, 2016
pages: 25
age range: 4-9 years
genre: picture book



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